What’s the buzz about stingless bees? There is a lot to get excited about when it comes to these harmless little insects and Megan Daley amazes and astounds in a fascinating read.
Willow loves visiting the native stingless bees at her school. Thanks to groundskeeper Tom she has learnt all about colonies and hives, nests and honey, pollen and plants. All of this knowledge is going to be really useful as after a year of waiting Willow will soon be getting her very own hive and colony of bees to take home. Hive day is finally here and the splitting of the hive can begin...
Delivered in a bee-rilliant combination of narrative and non-fiction (indicated by different fonts), The Beehive offers a captivating insight into the remarkable world of native stingless bees and is sure to have everyone buzzing about some of nature’s hardest working insects.
The story is utterly delightful with a love for the natural world evident throughout as everyone does their part to embrace nature and to ensure that the bees can thrive. Groundskeeper Tom cares for the bees and educates the children, Willow and her classmates take an interest in the natural world and a Nature Club plants the best trees and shrubs to aid pollination. All of this will encourage children to appreciate bees, to be on the look out for them and to do things that can help them thrive.
Packed with accessible facts, children will love learning alongside Willow. Beeswax, hives, nectar, flight, propolis, resin and more are all clearly and succinctly explained in words and pictures with a glossary further aiding understanding.
Max’s illustrations are bee-autiful, each page bursting with the colours of nature. Willow’s school grounds are rich and lush, blossoming with plants and attracting creatures big and small. Her garden at home is just as colourful and is the most welcoming place for animals and insects - chooks, a dog, bees and even a mottled-skinned blue-tongued can all be spotted.
A joyous celebration of the natural world that is worthy of the the phrase, ‘The bee’s knees’.
With huge thanks to Walker for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 5+.